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US Military and Intelligence Agencies Have Turned Over 1,800 Movies and TV Shows Into Pro-War Propaganda.

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  • Part 1: “I Paid To See A Movie About Singing. I Got Ninety Minutes Of Pentagon Propaganda.”
    • It's a wonder we don't have to stand for the National Anthem before movies.
  • Part 2: Documents Expose How Hollywood Promotes War On Behalf Of The Pentagon, CIA, & NSA
    • US military intelligence agencies have influenced over 1,800 movies and TV shows.

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Part 1: “I Paid To See A Movie About Singing. I Got Ninety Minutes Of Pentagon Propaganda.”

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It's a wonder we don't have to stand for the National Anthem before movies.

Caitlin Johnstone, medium.com / Straight Line Logic

January 15, 2018 | To cap off a long, strange day, my husband and I took the kids out last night to see Pitch Perfect 3. The first Pitch Perfect is a firm favorite in our household, the kind of movie we end up watching when we can’t agree on what to watch. We’d been waiting til we all had a night to see the latest one together, so we made a night of it and went out for some dinner, too. I even had a Coke. The sugary kind. This was a big night, people! So we were all in high spirits and I entered the theater excited to see some good music and have a good time.

I wasn’t expecting a masterpiece, but I also wasn’t expecting to be blasted in the face with ninety minutes of blatant war propaganda from the United States Department of Defense.

https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/fit/c/60/60/1*ZVXYCWfCPhsF5l-4EFhAIQ.jpeg Caitlin Johnstone: Rogue journalist, poet, and utopia prepper.

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Part 2: Documents Expose How Hollywood Promotes War On Behalf Of The Pentagon, CIA, & NSA

US military intelligence agencies have influenced over 1,800 movies and TV shows.

Tom Secker and Matthew Alford, medium.com

https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/2000/1*UCfJ71PaFR9wkLZ7Ib_Jiw.jpegJuly 4, 2017 | Tom Secker and Matthew Alford report on their astonishing findings from trawling through thousands of new US military and intelligence documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

The documents reveal for the first time the vast scale of US government control in Hollywood, including the ability to manipulate scripts or even prevent films too critical of the Pentagon from being made — not to mention influencing some of the most popular film franchises in recent years.

Tom Secker and Matthew Alford are co-authors of the new book, National Security Cinema: The Shocking New Evidence of Government Control in Hollywood.

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The Super Bowl Is Taking Over Minneapolis and Residents Are Mad as Hell

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Residents are planning to protest Super Bowl LII when it comes to Minneapolis. (Gian Lorenzo Ferretti/Shutterstock)  

  • If the Host Committee really wants to leave a long lasting positive legacy in our communities, they must invest in local policy that supports children and their families.
  • Related: The Business Side of the NFL

 

Sarah Lahm, In These Times 

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Friday, Jan 26, 2018 | Mel Reeves is a long-time human rights activist based in Minneapolis who describes himself as a writer, organizer and a “human being who stands for everybody’s rights.” When Super Bowl LII rolls into Minneapolis on February 4, Reeves will be ready. He is part of a grassroots national group called Take a Knee Nation, dedicated to keeping police brutality and racism front and center. He has, therefore, been part of planning both a national conference and a protest rally—to be held in Minneapolis on the same weekend as the National Football League’s biggest party of the year, the Super Bowl.

“The Super Bowl provides a unique opportunity to place the spotlight on the problem of police violence,” Reeves pointed out in a recent phone interview, recalling how the 2017 NFL season was shaped by controversy over whether or not players “making millions of dollars,” as Donald Trump put it, have the right to take a knee in protest. The players who did get down on one knee as the national anthem was played, drawing both criticism and support, were doing so for two main reasons: to call attention to police violence and to demonstrate their right to protest.

 

Sarah Lahm is a Minneapolis-based writer and former English Instructor. She is a 2015 Progressive magazine Education Fellow and blogs about education at brightlightsmallcity.com.

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From the Arvhoves | The Business Side of the NFL, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

 

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As the most popular of the four major American sports leagues, the NFL is an industry unto itself.

  • Part 1: The Real NFL Scandal
  • Part 2: Graphic: The Business of the NFL
  • From the Archives | The Problem with Subsidizing Huge Stadiums for Billionaire Team Owners

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Oprah Winfrey Helped Create Our American Fantasyland

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  • Oprah Winfrey gave national platforms and legitimacy to all sorts of magical thinking.
  • Any assessment of her possible presidential bid should consider the irrational, pseudoscientific free for all she helped create.

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Kurt Anderson, Slate 

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41c5JF08WML._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgJan 10, 2018 | Forty-eight hours ago, after watching Oprah Winfrey give a terrific, rousing feminist speech on an awards show, millions of Americans instantly, giddily decided that the ideal 2020 Democratic nominee had appeared. An extremely rich and famous and exciting star and impresario—but one who seems intelligent and wise and kind, the non–Bizarro World version of the sitting president.

Some wet-blanketing followed immediately, among the best from the New York Times Magazine writer Thomas Chatterton Williams in an op-ed headlined “Oprah, Don’t Do It.” “It would be a devastating, self-inflicted wound for the Democrats to settle for even benevolent mimicry of Mr. Trump’s hallucinatory circus act,” he wrote. “Indeed, the magical thinking fueling the idea of Oprah in 2020 is a worrisome sign about the state of the Democratic Party.”

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Why aren’t Hollywood films more diverse? Roberto Pedace, The Conversation / Salon

It may not be misogyny or white privilege. The problem may be the international box office.

 

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Why aren’t Hollywood films more diverse?

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It may not be misogyny or white privilege. The problem may be the international box office.

Roberto PedaceThe Conversation / Salon

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12.27.2017 In 2014, a hacker group leaked confidential information from Sony Pictures Entertainment, including a controversial email written by an unnamed producer.

In the email, which went viral, the producer questioned the decision to cast Denzel Washington as the lead in “The Equalizer”:

“I believe that the international motion-picture audience is racist – in general, pictures with an African-American lead don’t play well overseas… But Sony sometimes seems to disregard that a picture must work well internationally to both maximize returns and reduce risk, especially pictures with decent-size budgets.”

Roberto Pedace, contributing writer, the Conversation, an independent, not-for-profit media outlet that uses content sourced from the academic and research community.

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